Drought Tightens Its Grip on High Plains, Central States

Climate Central: The massive U.S. drought, which is already driving food prices skyrocketing and prompting federal disaster declarations, has only grown worse during the past week. According to the latest edition of the U.S. Drought Monitor, released Thursday morning, between July 17 and July 24, the portion of the country affected by "extreme" to "exceptional" drought jumped from 14 percent to about 21 percent. The portion of the country affected by exceptional drought, which is the most significant drought category,......

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